Teaching Assistant Professor
Renee grew up in a predominantly Polish town called Wallington, located in the Northeastern part of New Jersey. While food and culture were always a part of her life, Renee began to appreciate nutrition when she moved away to college and volunteered with the University of Connecticut athletic teams and spent time in the community to provide nutrition education to various populations. After graduating college, Renee worked for Kraft Foods in East Hanover, NJ in a product development role. After gaining some work experience, Renee pursued her Master's degree at Boston University and studied epidemiology. Renee then took on a Regulatory Scientist position at Nestle Nutrition in New Jersey, while simultaneously taking extra courses to prepare for a dietitic internship. She then moved to Minnesota in 2011 and worked under Dr. Joanne Slavin on fiber and satiety research. Renee completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship at Nestle Health Science after graduating and now teaches Sports Nutrition and Principles of Nutrition at the undergraduate level. Renee is also the Communications Director for the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) and a frequent media source for nutrition topics on Kare 11.